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gr -

woo hoo!!!!!!!!!! firsties!

gr -

Let me use that empty bullet point to add that I dreamt of Alan last night. Until the cats started larking about at 3:15 am and the beagle yelped at them to shut up.

cm -

'Beware of the cocktail'? Depends. Is gin and tonic considered a cocktail?

Gorthos -

Being the freakazoid that I am who has in the past spent a few years as an amateur researcher into infectious diseases (I positively love ebola by the way), I have always wondered why the heck we stuck with anti-biotic medicines when bacteriophages were far superior in many ways.. then I remembered the bad old days of propaganda where anything that the godless ruskies did different than we happy smiling westerners, must be wrong.

gr -

Looks like the anti-Gorthos comment device needs a little fine-tuning Alan.

Alan -

I obviously have not adjusted it properly for latitude.

gary -

The winter olympics emphasis on figure skating and the like makes a person avoid the whole darn thing. And the US team always wears dorky red, white and blue outfits with ugly cowboy hats. I liked the good vs. evil scenarios of the 60s and 70s, where large and ugly East Germans and Soviets vied against truth, justice, and the American way.

cm -

I get sucked into the Olympics every time. Go Djibouti!

Jay Currie -

Bacteriophages, will, I suspect, make a comeback as more and more infectious diseases begin to achieve complete antibiotic resistance and the skills of guys and gals in white jackets increase. Of course this will not be a welcome development for big pharma as there is no obvious way to commercialize what amount to tailor made treatments.

The feds attempt to regulate CO2 will go nowhere in most of the nation. It is gradually dawning on people that a)CO2 is a tiny part of the GW story, b) even if Canada reduced its emissions to nearly zero the Chinese project of a new coal fired generating plant built every 10 days ensures our sacrifice would vanish, c)the economic costs of radically reducing CO2 emissions (aka 20-30% contraction in the Canadian economy) dwarf any benefits which might accrue, d)the science has gone from predicting catastrophes of Biblical proportions to a couple of degree temp rise over a century and a foot sea level rise in worst case. (Algore has not, apparently, bothered to read IPCC 4 but a lot of other people have.)

While there are lots of polls indicating that "the environment" is the number one political issue in Canada there are none that I am aware of which have asked the question, "are you prepared to take a 30% cut in your standard of living to make essentially no difference to a problem which may not actually exist?"

The fond hope of the earnest and the green is that they will be able to off load the actual pain of CO2 cuts to the mega oil companies mucking about in the Northern Alberta goo thereby ensuring that there will be no economic pain for the environmentally hysterical middle class in vote rich Ontario. This will not happen. Or, if it does, Alberta will get to work reducing the federal presence.

Alan -

Wow - wicked tangent taking, Jay. How is your whiplash after that one?

Alan -

Oh, hey - I get you now - not so much tangent as leap. But CO2 is not the prime issue with tar sands, though, is it? Enlighten me.

Jay Currie -

The tarsands are one of the biggest emitters of GH gases including CO2 in Canada. Amusingly, John Baird notes that Alberta ...well I'll let him say it.

"Earlier this week, Peter Lougheed, who led Alberta through the squabbles about repatriating Canada's Constitution and the controversial National Energy Program that was designed to give the federal government more control over his province's oil resources, said new disputes over federal environmental standards would provoke a clash "10 times greater than in the past."

But Baird suggested Alberta is already moving in the same direction as his own government, in contrast to other provinces that are asking others to take action while resisting tougher standards for their own industries.

"The ironic part is that every province is talking about wanting to do a lot on greenhouse gases, (but) Alberta is the only province that's regulating big polluters," Baird said. "I'm always very cautious when everyone says: 'Yeah, we think we've got to take a lot of tough measures to reduce greenhouse gases, but get other people to do it.' There are a few provincial premiers who are somewhat like that." ( national post)

Alan -

But they have regulated them with that shell game that allows for overall pollution to increase, right? Taking John Naird's word on anything is always to risky.

Gorthos -

I'm still put off on the olympics. Big rich countries vie for the citizenship of excellent athletes who live in poorer nations that have crummy sports programs. To them, our athletes are rich beyond measure. So they came here, we hire them with a pittance of funding and call them Canadians, and the win us gold. Sounds like mercenary amateur sports to me.

And to stay on track, I have yet to see one good reason why China won the olympics.. ugh. pollution, corruption, poverty being swept under the rug.. amazing.

David -

As Al says, it's the fascist games. What could be more natural than giving it to China?

Gorthos -

Yeah David, you are probably right. The US has already had it twice in the past 20 years.. ;)

ry -

Gawd damnit. Check Big Papi's bat for cork. And get the umpires of the last couple of days back to ump school to teach them how to call balls and strikes. Youkilis should've been suspended! Fix! Fix! Hometown umpire! What the hell happened to the Angels bullpen? Total meltdown. THis sux. Fix! The RS Nation doctored the balls in the late innings! Fix! Oi, it sux to be back at Ma's, not more than 10 minutes away from Angel Stadium, and watch the old childhood team lose----to the Red Sox(we shall get even for 1986!).

Oh, and so I won't get e-lynched: having now looked at the Muslim doesn't want to to transport guide dogs thing over at the Toronto Sun(I think it was that paper) I think they got that one right. SHow a real bit of real religious dogma and you get a pass so long as some alternative exists(if it's the *only* rental hall in town it is a wee bit different). Same should have been for the KofC, where Catecism is real clear on the issue.

I don't think it's too much to ask that Law work somewhat like a math function. SImilar inputs should give similar, but still unique, outputs. That it apparently does not, that it seems rather arbitrary, is rather disconcerting.

cm -

ry is back and all's right with the world.

Alan -

All that is merely an off-set of the boogie curse that came along with Gagne.

gary -

Lemme tell you something, ry, the Bears are gonna whup some Colt a$$ this year. Phhhlllbbbbtttt!

ry -

Being on the road, living with insane people, surrounded by people who should be listed as mentally disturbed, I needed to find and hang out with some sane and sensible people. I settled for GX40. ;)

gary -

Like I said, ry my friend, ppphhhllllbbbbtttt!